U.S. Representative Jeff Denham is a Valley farmer, small businessman, and veteran, first elected to Congress in 2010.
Jeff served on active and reserve status in the U.S. Air Force for 16 years. He is a recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal for his service in Operation Desert Storm (Iraq) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia). Jeff was awarded the “Order of California” for exceptional meritorious service by the California National Guard, the highest award given for distinguished service.
After graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Jeff began working in the agriculture field, where he has since started several successful agriculture-based businesses. Due to his deep understanding of the Valley’s economy, Jeff has been able to focus his efforts on growing California’s economy and creating jobs in the state, while also improving the state’s long-term climate for agriculture and business and working to expand water storage.
Jeff is a leading voice for fiscal responsibility and debt reduction. In Congress, Jeff helped pass the Federal Asset Sale and Transfer act (FAST) to improve the management of federal property, shrink the federal government’s footprint, and save taxpayers billions of dollars.
Jeff understands that the federal government’s tax and regulatory policies hamper economic growth and are especially harmful to small businesses and farmers, who provide most of the jobs in the Central Valley. He is working to reduce taxes and regulations, so our local economy can grow.
As our local representative in Congress, Jeff will continue to focus on representing the long-term interests of the Valley’s agricultural community, finding a solution to the struggle over water storage and conveyance, improving transportation infrastructure and fighting for the rights, protections and benefits America’s brave and heroic veterans deserve.
First and foremost, Jeff is a family man. Jeff and his wife Sonia have been married for 25 years, and they have two children.